File picture of Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge

Kharge, a former Union minister, mentioned had the Central authorities introduced the lockdown with some planning, the migrant employees’ disaster wouldn’t have arisen.

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  • Last Updated: June 1, 2020, 9:40 PM IST

Veteran Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday hit out on the union authorities, accusing it of making a man-made calamity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, holding it accountable for the deaths of many migrants.

“What have you to say for a man-made calamity? COVID-19 is a natural calamity… It is there across the world, but because of your (government) economic situation, your polices and because of your mistakes, about 560 people have died — walking on the streets, in trains, without food and water, who is responsible for this?,” Kharge informed reporters.

Migrant, organised and unorganised employees are all in misery and comparable was the scenario of farmers and farm labourers, as their produce didn’t discover a market with shoppers missing buying energy, he mentioned.

Had the federal government introduced the lockdown with some planning, the migrant employees’ disaster wouldn’t have arisen, he mentioned.

“It is only after Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s intervention that the government arranged for trains for migrant workers… Without any idea or planning they announced the lockdown. When the infections were less, they (government) announced the lockdown. When there is spread and deaths are occurring, they are opening things,” he added.

Kharge, a former railway minister, additionally blamed the Ministry for the “mess” in dealing with migrant labourers journey and in making certain they attain their locations, regardless of having 13,000 passenger and 9,000 freight trains.

“He (Railway Minister) should take the moral responsibility for the insult caused to labourers by violating their human rights and should resign,”Kharge mentioned.







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